How can I know God personally?

The Bible teaches that you can know God personally. In fact, it’s God’s strongest desire to have a loving relationship with you. Some people think it might be difficult to know God, but all that is required are a few important steps to start a relationship with God.

First, you need to accept that God loves you and wants His very best for you. In the Bible, God revealed his desire to bless you when he said, “My purpose is to give [people] a rich and satisfying life" (John 10:10b).

Next, you need to admit you need God's help because you can’t measure up to his standard for holiness. After all, Jesus insisted that people have to be as perfect (holy) as God is in order to have a relationship with Him (Matthew 5:48).

This is a problem, because you, like everyone else, are less than perfect. For example, there have been times when you have made wrong choices, acted selfishly, or had attitudes that go against God’s laws. The Bible calls such things “sin” and explains that the result of sin results in a broken relationship with God.

After you’ve admitted that you are sinful, you must be willing to follow God’s ways, turn from your sin, and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross to pay for your sin. The Bible says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8). It also says, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

You might wonder if there is another way to God. Jesus explained that there is none when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

After you are willing to accept Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for your sin, you need to believe that Jesus rose from the grave to conquer death, and, in prayer invite Him to be the lord (ruler) of your life. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

Finally, begin your new relationship with God by praying to Him, expressing your gratitude for his amazing gift of eternal life and asking Him to continue to show and guide you in the way he wants you to live.

Here is an example of what you can pray (make it the prayer of your heart):

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that your Son, Jesus, died to pay for my sins and rose again to guarantee my eternal life. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite you to come into my life. I trust Jesus as my Savior and will follow Him as the Lord of my life. Thank You for sending your Son to save me and give me eternal life. Please teach and guide me in the way that I should live from this day forward. Amen [which means -“may it be so”].

If you prayed this prayer with a sincere believing heart, you are now a true follower of Jesus, and you’ve started a wonderful, lifelong adventure of getting to know God personally as His child and friend. Congratulations!






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